Years ago I began my quest into the wonderful world vintage Japanese Fuji BMX bicycles. We won’t go into details of just how many I’ve accumulated, not to mention the parts thereof. Since then I have met many other vintage bicycle enthusiasts and become part of a private club of Classic Fuji bicycle enthusiasts. We secretly dominate the world of classic and vintage Fuji’s…
The Fuji Class Advertisement
Since becoming part of this “private” group my interests in Fuji bicycles and bicycles in general has expanded and evolved immensely. Thus, I have created a new blog and website called TheFujiClass.com. The name was inspired by the vintage 1970′s Nichibei Fuji Cycle Co., Ltd. advertisement “The Fuji Class” which features a friends Jaguar and Fuji Newest. Perhaps that was his house too. TheFujiClass.com provides a more fitting name as I broaden the subject matter of my hobby.
So, head on over there!
P.S. If you are vintage or classic bicycle collector and have more Fuji’s in your collection than any other brand, let yourself be heard!
Scott over at the Vintage Fuji Archive recently added a blog post featuring attire gathered from collectors around the country. I have to say my favorite is the vintage Fujita jersey pictured below, now that is classic!
It’s been a month since the last time I touched the 1980 Fuji Feather BMX bicycle. Today I had time to throw on some very sought after, black Mitsuboshi Silver star Competition II tires, a sleek Sugino SP-G1 BMX stem, Dia-compe 2-bolt seat clamp, black anodized aluminum seat post, black anodized aluminum handlebars and the very cool Fuji Seamless YFC saddle or seat as we call it in the BMX world. And let’s not forget the Black OGK Mach grips…
I’ve recently discovered that Suntour distributed a 5 pack of postcards displaying reproductions of Hajime Kato original oil paintings. These paintings were abstract renditions of bicycle racing. I have been quite taken by Kato’s ability to capture movement in all his works.
Hajime Kato artwork on Suntour Postcards
Kato was a professional keirin cyclist in Japan in the 1940′s and 50′s. He is said to be instrumental in bringing keirin cycling to the world. He later moved to Paris where he focused entirely on his art.
I’ve got the majority of the parts laid out with a few decisions to make along the way.
One of the very distinct parts on the Fuji Feather Professional BMX bikes is the Tange Meriter headset. These are semi-sealed and were a very high-end part in the mid and late 1970′s.
Tange Meriter MX Pro headset
When acquiring a Tange Meriter headset one of the most often damaged parts is the top-nut. I must have 10 headsets and probably 5 good top-nuts, 2 bad top-nuts, and 1 unusable. If you ever find these top-nuts at a swap, buy them!
Tange Meriter top-nut
Another very distinct part to the Feather Professional BMX is the curved Ishiwata fork.
Here’s a real blast from the past! I have recently aqcuired a large number of Japan Bicycle Guides from the 1960′s and 70′s. PictureD below is a 1966 Fuji Dandy. It has very nice lines and a very 60′s look. Sure would love to find one of these!